With the seventh pick in the fourth round (68th overall) of the MLS SuperDraft, Orlando City has selected forward Tobenna Uzo from Coastal Carolina University.
Uzo led CCU to a 13-3-4 record and an at-large NCAA tournament bid in 2015, scoring six goals and tallying six assists over the course of the season and earning 2015 first team All-Big South honors. The Chanticleers made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament, where they lost to their in-state rivals North Carolina.
Originally from Nigeria, Uzo spent three years at Houston Baptist, scoring 11 goals in his sophomore season. Prior to the 2015 season, the forward transferred to Coastal Carolina, the school where his older brother Uchenna played from 2011-2014.
With so many forwards already on the roster and a 4-2-3-1 formation that only features one on the field, it’s likely Uzo will end up in Brevard with Orlando City B or may not make the roster at all. It’s rare for fourth-round MLS SuperDraft picks to make the team and Orlando’s pick last year, Sidney Rivera, never saw the field for the Lions.
One thing Uzo has going for him is his size. At 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, he cuts an imposing figure at the top of the formation and should be well suited physically for hold-up play.
Uzo joins Pedro Ribeiro as another Coastal Carolina alum to join Orlando City.